The primary “villain” of Jurassic World is the genetically engineered Indomitus rex, which is one terrifying dinosaur. But these eight dinosaurs are even scarier — because they actually existed.
Recent research has shown Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is most likely the largest species of carnivorous dinosaur that ever lived, measuring over 50 feet long. And you wouldn’t even be safe in the water — Spinosaurus is one of the few dinosaurs known to be able to swim.
Made famous by Jurassic Park, Velociraptors were actually smaller and slower in real life than in the film, but they still possessed a giant, sharp, hook-like claw on their second finger. Modern research suggests this massive claw was used to keep their victims from escaping their grasp.
The “king of the tyrant lizards” will always be one of the scariest and deadliest dinosaurs around with a bite force three times that of a great white shark – making it the strongest bite force of any land animal that has ever lived.
This enormous carnivorous dinosaur grew to lengths of over 30 feet and paleontologists have found direct evidence that this ferocious predator hunted in packs.
This dinosaur might not seem deadly because it was a plant-eater, but its knobby armored tail was potentially used as a defense mechanism. If it swung around its heavy tail, it could generate enough force to crush bones.
Don’t let the size fool you. Even though Coeplophysis was only around 44 pounds, fossil evidence shows they hunted in packs. They were also quite agile and boasted blade-like cutting teeth.
One of the few dinosaurs that is a known cannibal, Majungasaus had a skull that was different than most other theropods. Their short and stout snout made them well adapted for killing their prey by biting and holding it until it died – much like modern big cats.
One of the most dangerous dinosaurs of the Jurassic, Allosaurus was an ambitious and fearsome predator. Paleontologists have found fossils of numerous other species of dinosaur, such as Stegosaurus, riddled with Allosaurus bite marks.
The Tallest Dinosaur The tallest dinosaurs were the Brachiosaurid group of sauropods. Their front legs were longer than the rear legs giving them a giraffe-like stance. This combined with their extremely long necks, which were held vertically, meant they could browse off the tallest trees. Brachiosaurus – the most well known of the group –...
Yes. In an evolutionary sense, birds are a living group of dinosaurs because they descended from the common ancestor of all dinosaurs. Other than birds, however, there is no scientific evidence that any dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, or Triceratops, are still alive. These, and all other non-avian dinosaurs became extinct at least 65 million years ago at...